The Black Spell Collective is our group of brand ambassadors who represent Black Spell online and a far. Our eclectic brand family include riders, artists, photographers, musicians, makers, influencers, content creators and the like. Over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing each of our newest ambassadors and catching up with our longer serving members of the community.
Meet Morgan Gleave – artist, ‘skate wizard’ and Black Spell ambassador.
Black Spell Ambassador Introduction Feature
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Morgan, 51, living in Leicestershire. I’m an artist, skateboarder and BMX rider. I grew up on a diet of comics, cartoons and LOTS of music.
How would you describe your style/attitude?
I am a wizard… seriously. I was dubbed wizard by two separate sources this year, in regards my skating and art. This fits me beautifully… my shaggy hair and beard mean I look like a stereotypical wizard, and I have always been fascinated by occult fiction and films, magic, shamanism and Buddhism. I love spooky stuff, and having FUN! (It’s good to mix scary stuff with funny art… it confuses people.)
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Funny, creative, oddball.
How do you start your day?
COFFEE! Catch up with social media and plan my day… you never quite know what’s going to happen!
How do you end your day?
YouTube. I love watching skate videos, anime or creepy films. Generally listen to horror or sci-fi stories or The Goons before I drop off!
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Hmmm… in my studio, making comics; skating or riding. Eating CHIPS!
Who (or what) influences you?
My fellow artists, skaters and riders. I’m very lucky to be part of amazing communities regarding my comics work and skating. I watch a lot of skate videos and try the tricks in them! Current favourites are Jonny Giger and Jason Park… so creative!
What makes you tick/what drives you?
Making people happy. Whether it’s through my art, my skating or my music. Especially young people… I get a lot of really lovely comments telling me how I’ve inspired people. That’s brilliant.
Making comics is my real passion… getting my stories published is the best feeling. I have a lot of projects lined up for next year!
What is it that attracted you to Black Spell?
The imagery and attitude. I love occult imagery, and beautifully made clothing. Oh, and it’s British too!
What is your favourite Black Spell design or product?
The Script Heritage Cap… I do LOVE hats.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Which one item can you not leave the house without?
Pen and paper… you never know when inspiration will strike!
Name an irrational fear (if any!)
Frogs and toads… since childhood!
Comics By Morgan Gleave
What’s one thing are you trying to make a habit at the moment?
Read every day. It must be in print and not on a screen.
What’s one thing you’re learning now? And why is it important?
To be assertive and stand up for myself. Especially when it comes to my work… self employed artist.
What was the last thing you saw which made you smile?
My riding spot this morning… it’s my happy place.
Anything else you would like to add?
Be yourself, and if you have a dream, go for it!
@morgangleave on Instagram